USS Eugene A. Greene Association Reunion News
USS Eugene A. Greene (DD/DDR/711)
September 14 - 18, 2015
USS Greene Association Reunion began on Monday, September 14th with registration at the Millenium Hotel Buffalo. Forty-seven crewmembers and guests attended. Hosts were Jack and Linda Plasterer.
A large hospitality room afforded the opportunity to renew old friendships and enjoy snacks provided by the attendees. Memorabilia from cruise books, pictures and newspaper articles were available to enjoy.
On Tuesday a bus tour of Buffalo, NY and the Buffalo and Erie County Naval Military Park was provided. A self-guided tour of the USS The Sullivans (DD-537), USS Little Rock (CLG-4) and the submarine USS Croaker (SSK-246) highlighted the day. After lunch the group toured Buffalo City Fire Department's, Edward M. Cotter, the oldest working fireboat.
Wednesday, was a visit to Niagara Falls which included a ride on "Maid of the Mist" and the view from New York State Observation Tower. After a buffet lunch the group cruised the Erie Canal passing through the Lockport Locks.
At the ship's business meeting on Thursday two hundred dollars was approved to be donated to Tin Can Sailors and one hundred dollard for Edward M. Cotter Fireboat. A vote to hold the next Greene Reunion in Charlestown, South Carolina is September 2017 was approved. Tom and Linda Weir will host the event.
After a social hour and rousing sing-a-long the group moved to the dining room for the evening banquet. Retired Senior Chief John Branning, Superintendent of Ships Buffalo Naval Station, was the guest speaker. He spoke about passing on the heritage and legacy of US Naval Service to the next generation. The banquet concluded with an opportunity raffle.
"Friends come and go, but shipmates are forever" . . . The Greene Reunion concluded Friday morning with all looking forward to the 2017 Reunion.
Robert J. Clark